Among the most memorable bits from last night, though -
- Elizabeth training a new recruit, who's smitten by her. She likes him, too, even though she puts a break on it. Will be interesting to see where this goes. Philip seems to be taking this pretty much in stride, for now, in a scene in which we see Elizabeth naked from behind - I guess you could call that conversation an example of the end justifying the means, literally and figuratively.
- Elizabeth and Philip have a very close call in their evasion of Fed agents, including Stan, who seem to be getting closer and closer to nabbing our anti-heroes. In what was probably the best scene of the episode, Philip rolls out of a moving car, and the Soviets send in some interference to help Elizabeth get away from the U.S. agents. It was a scene that could have been in a top-draw espionage move.
- In another good scene with Elizabeth and Philip, he extracts - with a wrench - two teeth that have been causing Elizabeth lots of pain. In a weird way, there's almost an erotic overtone in this scene, as she opens her mouth wide. This typifies the mixture of pain and pleasure which is their lives.
- The closest to a central continuing story continues to be Paige, and the brewing tension over when - and whether - she will be brought into the business. Philip is strongly against this, and Elizabeth will probably move closer to Philip's position, too - but that will put both of them in conflict with their Soviet bosses.
And see also The Americans: True and Deep ... The Americans 1.4: Preventing World War III ... The Americans 1.11: Elizabeth's Evolution ... The Americans Season 1 Finale: Excellent with One Exception
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